WALKING IN ROSEDALE ON THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS Map Reference 715.972.
Lat: 54:21:57N (54.36583)
Lon: 0:54:01W (-0.90034)
Walking in and around Rosedale is a delight for a gentle stroll, or a trek
across the moors with a compass and map.
August Guest House is situated in the Rosedale Valley. It is an ideal base
for walkers, sight-seers, cyclists, bird watchers etc.
Mary and Michael provide a walker friendly Bed & Breakfast where you can
borrow walking guides, check weather forecasts, obtain packed lunches, return
to, have hot showers.
Drying facilities are available for boots and coats etc.
There are famous walks that pass close to August Guest House Bed &
Breakfast , including. “The Coast to Coast”, “The Lyke Wake
Walk”, and passing through the village of Rosedale Abbey, just over a
mile from August Guest House, are the “Inn Way”, “Whitby
Way” and the “Abbey Trail”.
There is a wonderful walk for the novice or accomplished walker around
Rosedale. It is unique in the fact that it was once the scene of a flourishing
mining industry in the late 19th
and early 20th
centuries. Because of the good quality ironstone, nearly 20 miles of standard
gauge (4' 8½"), railway was built to transport the iron ore.
The 8 miles of track bed around the natural contours of the upper Rosedale
Valley makes this a very interesting and unique walk, with spectacular views in
As you pass along this moor land valley track, there are many relics of the
industrial past, & great works of engineering, involving inclines, deep
cuttings, and huge embankments. The views from this old track are second to
none. (Don't forget your camera).
At August Guest House you can find all the information needed to have a
fantastic walking holiday and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful
“North York Moors” the least visited national park, with lots to
see and discover.
As a taster, visit www.nymcam.co.uk/022001.htm
As an example of Walking in Rosedale, we have published an article by Mary,
who's enthusiasm for Rosedale is endless.
“IN LOVE WITH ROSEDALE”
A Moorland adventure & guided walk
By Mary from August Guest House, Rosedale East.
Yesterday, I accompanied by two of our guests, Joanne and Rob, enjoyed a walk
with an abundance of interest, on the North York Moors.
We encountered happy sheep, glorious grouse, an ancient pannier track, murky
mud, lying snow, a welcome tea garden, handsome cockerels and hens, and relics
of Rosedale's industrial past.
As my time was limited, we drove to the millennium stone & parked near the turn
off for 'Fryup'. Our circular adventure took us down "Ceavey Hill".
We passed by Trough House & down a rough track known as Cut Road, (part of the
coast to coast route). Eventually we turned right onto a bridle path up the
moor (part of the Inn Way walk). Here we found the paving of a once busy
Pannier track, a stone, slabbed pavement that snakes across the moor. Some of
the ancient slabs have sunk into the boggy peaty moor. Others have been removed
but the majority are very much the same as they would have been hundreds of
years ago. This long track is called "George Gap Causeway". (I wonder how it
got this grand name?) As we walked along, my mind was picturing a long line of
mules with wicker panniers over their backs, carrying goods from the coast. It
was the motorway of the moors. Monks also commuted on this amazing paved way
between Whitby & Rosedale.
We were definitely 'walking in the steps of our forefathers'. Soon we were
passing "Loose Howe" on our right & met up with the road close to Rob's car at
the millennium stone.
Joanne & Rob went off to enjoy the rest of the day. I crossed the road & took
the track downhill towards Rosedale and the old disused railway track bed. The
sun was shining and the views were stunning. A Tea garden sign almost tempted
me to visit "Dale Head Farm" tea garden but I so much wanted to walk home on
the 'line' as we often call this track. The huge constructions built in the
iron ore mining era still fascinate me. Sheep were grazing and manicuring the
ground. It was like walking on a velvet carpet. I was thinking that if Heaven
is a little like Rosedale then it would be perfection for me.
A noisy gathering of ducks, cockerels and hens greeted me at Depot House as I
dropped down to pass by the two long rows of houses at Hill Cottages.
Sadly after 2½ hours my walk was almost ending, as I returned home to
August Guest House feeling elated. I have lived in Updale Rosedale for over 33
years and today's walk has refreshed my love with Rosedale.
Joanne and Rob certainly enjoyed their experience walking on the North York
Moors, and commented,
"What a wonderful enchanting walk on a beautiful fresh February morning full of
history and finished the walk more knowledgeable about the area.
Thank you Mary".
If local people, visitors or anyone who fancies an interesting guided trek,
especially this one, with all the panoramic views, geology, wildlife etc, then
I will be delighted to be your guide.
If interested please contact me at August Guest House.